AC/DC Fans Seek Ticket Refunds Over Axl Rose Replacing Brian Johnson
Back in April, AC/DC revealed an A-list live replacement for ailing vocalist Brian Johnson: Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose. With Johnson unable to perform due to hearing issues, Rose was hired for a 2016 European tour, beginning May 7 in Portugal. However, a significant amount of European fans are seeking refunds over the hard-rockin' substitution.
A source familiar with AC/DC’s European run admits that there was indeed “a bit of drama” around Rose replacing Johnson, resulting in several thousand refund requests in both Belgium and Spain. The source adds that those requests were largely offset by new purchases. Those involved with the tour “aren’t worried about it,” the source says, pointing out that in most markets, refunds were in the hundreds and easily will come out net even with new purchases. Much depends on how the early shows come off.
“As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing,” AC/DC said in a statement last month. “We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment."
Axl is balancing the AC/DC tour alongside his live schedule with Guns N’ Roses. The band’s “classic lineup” (also featuring Slash and Duff McKagan) recently played Coachella and is slated to hit North American stadiums on the Not In This Lifetime tour this summer.
As for Axl Rose’s dates with AC/DC, here is the band’s upcoming European tour:
May 7 - Lisbon, Portugal - Passeio Maritimo De Alges
May 10 - Seville, Spain - Estadio De La Cartuja
May 13 - Marseille, France - Stade Velodrome
May 16 - Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Site
May 19 - Vienna, Austria - Erns-Happel Stadium
May 22 - Prague, Czech Republic - Letnany Airport
May 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Volksparkstadion
May 29 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade De Suisse
June 1 - Leipzig, Germany - Red Bull Arena
June 4 - London, England - The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
June 9 - Manchester, England - Etihad Stadium
June 12 - Aarhus, Denmark - Ceres Park